Bill Cosby's moralizing comes back to haunt him

Tue Jul 7, 2015 7:32pm EDT
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By Edward McAllister and Jill Serjeant

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Bill Cosby's forthright views on black parenting came back to haunt him this week when a U.S. judge called the comedian a "public moralist" who had lost the right of personal privacy in a 2005 civil sexual assault case.

The career of the once beloved comedian from TV's "The Cosby Show" is in tatters after more than 40 women came forward in the past year to accuse him of drugging and sexually assaulting them in incidents dating back decades.

For years, Crosby was a sought-after speaker at graduation ceremonies and other college events across the United States, giving dozens of speeches that amused and inspired his mostly young audiences.

Recordings of speeches from the 2000s reveal different sides of Cosby: the comedian, the avuncular father figure, the fierce moralist.

"I am worried about the class of 2003," Cosby said in May of that year at Hampton University, addressing issues of drugs, alcohol and teenage pregnancies. "Are you going to put up with the fact that we may just set the record for youngest grandmother?"

Such speeches highlight what U.S. District Judge Eduardo Robreno ruled was a "stark contrast" between Cosby's public persona and the serious assault allegations against him.

Robreno on Monday ordered the unsealing of testimony showing that Cosby, now 77, had in 2005 admitted obtaining powerful Quaaludes sedatives with the intent of giving them to women he sought sex with.

Cosby has not been criminally charged and his attorneys have made no comment on the unsealed testimony.   Continued...

Actor Bill Cosby attends the American Comedy Awards in New York April 26, 2014. REUTERS/Eric Thayer